Chybucca Sounds (UK)- Original Article
Dec. 31, 2020
by Simon Hadley
Fire in the Field might not be a household name, but they soon will be. The Boston natives have been thrilling audiences in pubs and clubs, as well as Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest festival (SXSW) for over a decade.
With every album released, Fire in the Field aren’t given the spotlight that they deserve. Their fifth studio album, Resurrect, acts as a double meaning: It’s a reawakening for a band that, arguably, didn’t need it in the first place. ‘Shadow Way,’ a radio-ready banger, comes out swinging thanks to a cacophony of electric rhythms. ‘Egyptian Jukebox’ follows a similar trajectory and allows vocalist Mike Moore to release his inner Anthony Kiedis.
Speaking of Moore, he sounds impeccable; he has the kind of vocal control and presence to command arenas, and the licks to make an audience swoon. The tight relationship between bassist Jeff Badolato and drummer Brad Conant allows Moore to flourish. None more so, than during the soulful excursion of ‘Scandalous Lightning’. Fire in the Field is an impressive, all-encompassing trio, and an early contender for breakout act of 2021.
Broken 8 Records (Australia) - Original Article
November 26, 2020
by Thomas Bedward
Boston’s Fire in the Field have always known how to make an impression. Armed with a ferocious sound that marries driven rock ‘n’ rolls anthems with an unrelenting punk spirit, the band first took to the music scene in 2017 with the release of their debut record ‘War Bonnet’, a titanic slice of endorphin-releasing, guitar-driven sounds that announced the band in perfect form. Written, recorded and produced solely by the band, ‘War Bonnet’ took Boston’s local scene by storm, setting fire to the airwaves and earmarking Fire in The Field as the dark saviours of modern rock.
Following ‘War Bonnet’, the band continued to carve their own unique path through the industry, layering dark themes and frenzied guitar-driven riffs on singles like ‘Jimmy Rover’, and earning some well-deserved acclaim, but now they’re ready to sign off on the next chapter of their fast-building legacy with the release of their sophomore album, ‘RESURRECT’.
A ten-track collection that hits with the same sense of power and immediacy as their debut, ‘RESURRECT’ is a bold and brilliant melting pot of sounds, styles, and emotions, exploring every possible facet of classic rock, while also slipping in some truly modern surprises. Hitting hard with opening cut ‘Shadow Way’, Fire in the Field waste no time proving that they’re the real deal, pushing the envelope with a sonic display of howling vocals, thunderous drums, and absolutely unassailable guitar licks. In your face from the very first note, ‘Shadow Way’ encapsulates everything you need to know about the band, and as the album progresses, the band keep piling on more and more high-voltage anthems that will impress even the most stoic of audiences.
Elsewhere, tracks like ‘Pump’, ‘Bossman’ and the titles track carry on the wild, caustic tones, blending some funk vibes and enduring blues sounds with plenty of rock ‘n’ roll swagger, while ‘Scandalous Lightning’ and ‘Start Again’ show that behind the soaring electric sounds lie beating hearts and pure souls. Two of the many highlights, ‘Walked On Water’ and ‘Egyptian Jukebox deliver some absolutely unforgettable performances, ringing with echoes of The White Stripes, Drenge, and Royal Blood, pushing Fire in The Field to the very forefront of modern rock.
Packed with old-school passion, youthful energy, and plenty of fire, ‘RESURRECT’ is a rare and unstoppable release that perfectly highlights Fire in The Field’s talents. Filled with sharp melodies, killer rock riffs, enduring drumbeats, and lyrics that cut you to the quick, it’s a release that exudes confidence and absolutely refuses to quit. Easily one of the most impressive and infectious rock albums of the year, ‘RESURRECT’ is proof that Fire in the Field are the next chapter in rock ‘n’ roll.
A Deli Premiere: "Jimmy Rover" by Fire in the Field
For listeners familiar with Fire in the Field's funky and upbeat style, a sonic treat awaits, surprisingly tame but deeply wild. “Jimmy Rover” showcases the band’s appreciation for the slow-cooking nature of the blues as it lets its normally dance-inducing guitar riffs build slowly, ripping on occasion to smooth vocals from lead singer Mike Moore who is committed to storytelling. As the guitar solos shred, at high-voltage, one is reminded of the band’s old-school passion and youthful energy: Fire in the Field has a strong essence of classic rock. During the song’s final breakdown, the bass and drums lock-in even in their euphoric state to complement the song, which echoes the beauty and grit of Chicago blues. Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jay Frigoletto at Oak Hill Music in Brookline, NH, this latest single by the band offers something wholly different from its usual style, but remains a track that fits perfectly into the band’s archives. We are thrilled to premiere “Jimmy Rover” for you below; catch Fire in the Field at Bishop's Lounge in Northampton, MA, on Dec 14th. - Rene Cobar
The Deli Magazine New England
August 1, 2019
by Rene Cobar
"Fire in the Field delivers a sticky-sweet summer single, plays Jewel Music Venue 08.09"
The duality of Boston's Fire in the Field is overwhelming: the sharp contrast between the group's sensual lyrics and killer rock riffs is a recipe for a complete mind takeover. The funk flows abundantly in the band's latest single "Under the Sun" as a groovy drum beat and stylish electric guitar strums flourish. The panache with which the lead vocals switch from a swagger-filled modulation to sensible falsettos recall the glory of Prince's '80s heyday. The band delivers a single gooey with style and confidence, and it is bringing all of that to the Jewel Music Venue in Manchester, NH on August 9th. We are streaming the new single for you below. - Rene Cobar
DEC 21, 2018
FRESH VID: FIRE IN THE FIELD – TOMAHAWK
BY MINAH THOMAS
Fire in the Field’s new single, “Tomahawk,” off their EP, War Bonnet, packs heavy guitar riffs and tons of energy and attitude. This Boston based band have played at The Middle East, The Paradise, Brighton Music Hall, and in Austin for SXSW in 2017 is made up of Mike Moore on guitar and vocals, Jeff Badolato on bass and Brad Conant on drums.
Their release is impressive in that Moore’s voice clearly reflects their musical influences like Zeppelin and Hendrix. Their music video even speaks for itself, with Moore jamming out in electric, red leather across the streets of Boston and contemplating the state of music. Lyrics like, “Heard the radio/way it demonize/yeah there’s right there’s wrong/the truth still waits in line,” shows the bands intentional criticisms and musings on the idea of the truth of life. Overall, this band and this video is not one to be missed and should be your go to for a band that isn’t afraid to bring a new sound to a classic genre.
VANYALAND - STUDIO 52 FEATURED BAND OF THE WEEK - MARCH 9, 2018
What Studio 52 Says: Drawing influence from a pinpointed and fine-tuned range of genres, Boston’s Fire in the Field hone in on a modern day Zeppelin/Hendrix hybrid sound that doesn’t lack energy, guitar solos, or blues progressions. Their high energy and guitar focused songwriting style creates somewhat of a nostalgia overload for classic rock and blues fans, while keeping those tried and true genres relevant to the younger generation. With four albums currently under their belt, their most recent release War Bonnet brought a new side of Fire in the Field to light, as it’s more furious and driving than anything else listeners have heard from them. Previous releases were clearly very blues driven, while War Bonnet leans more in the direction of grunge and ’90s alt rock, without losing the blatant classic rock feel that characterizes their sound, leaving fans anxious for whats to come from this ever evolving power trio. Come see Fire in the Field unleash a blast from the classic rock/blues/grunge past tonight (March 9) at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company in Framingham or Saturday night (March 10) at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge with support from Heavy Necker and The Cosmic Vultures. — Trevor McSweeney, Studio 52
June 4, 2018
Fire in the Field
Review by Gary Hill
To describe this set with one phrase, the riff is king. These guys have produced a sound that is very nearly heavy metal, but probably lands more in the hard rock zone. There is definitely stoner rock at its core, but it's tempered with things from psychedelia to even the hard rock of early Grand Funk Railroad. Fire in the Field's music is fuzz-drenched and so cool.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2018 Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.
Track by Track Review
The fast paced riff that starts this is just so cool. This thing powers out like screaming hot old school heavy metal. It drops to a mellow kind of groove for the vocal section. They alternate between those two sections. They both get expanded upon at different points along this road. This is part old school heavy metal, part progressive rock and part stoner rock. It's all cool.
Killer riffs are again at the heart of this. The proggy and mellower elements of the previous cut are gone here. Instead, the stoner rock kind of element really creates the concept of the tune. It does drop back for some killer rocking guitar soloing, though. This thing is fuzz-laden and so tasty.
Duke of the Valley
There is a bit of a punky edge to this piece. The tune works through some changes within it's stoner rock grind. This is another killer cut on a disc that's full of them.
The opening on this is even meatier, if that's possible. The fuzz content is killer. It alternates with a bit more melodic section. This feels like Electric Wizard mixed with more of a mainstream hard rock band.
Peasant Once Passed
Psychedelia and stoner rock merge on this killer cut. There are some almost punk like parts with the shouted slow moving part of the tune.
The cool just oozes off of this killer rocker. It's built around the same stoner rock sounds as the rest of the disc, but when it's this good, why change. Again there is a good balance between the fired up and dropped back parts of this.
Fire in the Field CD release War Bonnet Rocks with Authority
By Judy Dessanti, Patch Poster | |
With cover art drenched in red the band Fire in the Field's War Bonnet CD tells its stories in an entertaining - loud - manner accompanied by riveting precision. "Tomahawk" opens the disc following the lead of the Rolling Stones, putting a memorable riff and melody front and center. Just as Tattoo You had "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" leading off Sticky Fingers, "Rocks Off" doing the same for Exile on Main Street, "Tomahawk" splits you between the eyes with its unique and eloquent guitar work. All four minutes and twelve seconds of it. "Swift Hoof" follows with Mike Moore's guitar painting interesting musical ideas with the cascading melodies riding the undercurrent of multiple riffs, all colliding in harmonious fashion. The theme of the album appears to take Black Sabbath's Master of Reality into Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection world - a dark look at the old wild west, perhaps a metaphor for all the madness going on throughout this war-torn planet. The songs span the three and a half to four minute mark, "Duke of the Valley" would also fit nicely into the soundtrack of a modern-day "spaghetti western" like the ones Clint Eastwood cut his teeth on. The songs swim in good production, the heavy leaden boots plodding of the rhythm, sizzling guitar work and large quantities of vocals and lead lines put an exclamation point on the proceedings. The music in both "Swift Hoof" and "Duke of the Valley" prowling, growling with real intensity.
The stomp entitled "Elephant" was engineered & mixed by John Santarelli at Oil Can Studios and mastered by Jay Frigoletto at Metronome. "Trample your master" are the lyrics and vocal from Mike Moore, the crunching sounds from the three members of Fire in the Field marching to the same sonic beat. Elephants are in vogue these days, and this tune is an excellent follow-up to "Tomahawk" if streaming singles and vinyl are on the agenda. "Peasant Once Passed" is the longest track at 5:06 and smashes you in the face with its forceful, bright sound elements. Moore's vocals are either echoed in the distance or he's speaking in heavy metal incantations. "Save" concludes the disc with yet more imaginative riffs and, thankfully, the band is smart enough to keep the tracks to a maxi-E.P. or mini-album six selections. We are in an age of sensory overload where less is more, and there's enough meat to savor here for quite some time. Fire in the Field is a definite find, major league all the way around.
EVOLVEMENT RADIO - Album Review
Fire in the Field - War Bonnet
Release date: October 2017
We’re going to start the year off heavy here at EvoRad’s Album Analysis. Fire in the Field dropped a scorching 6-track EP in October that escaped my immediate attention but that you should turn yours to immediately. While digesting this Ep I found myself stepping through a veritable cornucopia of comparisons. At first listen I was drawn to the Aerosmith influences tracks like “Swift Hoof.” Not the gag-reflex-inducing Love in an Elevator-era Aerosmith but the grimey, garagey Aerosmith of the early and mid-seventies. Next time through I fell hard for the sexy, soulful grooves of “Elephant” and “ Peasant Once Passed.” When I was done I found myself reaching for my perennial favorite stoner rock band, Clutch. A few more listens in and out popped the unhinged vocal style of The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala layered on the crunching riffs of Rage Against the Machine.
In some ways this EP defies categorization but Fire in the Field’s ability to draw so many and such wide comparisons while maintaining a cohesive sound all their own is a feat unto itself.
The touchstones are pure rock gold and that ought to be enough to convince you to give a listen. Go find them now… www.fireinthefieldmusic.com.
"Fire in the Field returns home to play Stone Church Jan. 12"
By Christopher Hislop
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at 7:48 AM
On Friday, Jan. 12, Fire in the Field makes its triumphant return to the Granite State when the band shares a bill at the Stone Church with Gretchen & the Pickpockets. The show marks the first New Hampshire play for the band (who formed in East Kingston) in nearly two years. In support of their brand new release, “War Bonnet,” the Church will be moving and shaking as rock will commence. Heavy, cathartic rock and roll. Just what the doctor ordered during this time of bone chilling arctic freeze.
EDGE caught up with frontman Mike Moore to discuss the new record, the Big Three, and the neighbors.
EDGE: Let’s talk about “War Bonnet.” Holy smokes. I think I’m tired of people saying rock is dead. Nothing could be farther from the truth. “War Bonnet” is the next chapter. (Or is it the current chapter?)
Moore: “War Bonnet” is our most direct and realized chapter. We made a conscious decision to keep it heavy on this one. It had been two years since we played with Jeff (bass). There was so much unrecorded bare bones riffage in the can from the old days. Each record this band has done we’ve added a new texture, a new player, and for “War Bonnet” we stripped it down to the core - guitar, bass, drums, vocals.
EDGE: What were the goals for this EP?
Moore: Initially, the goal was to revisit some unfinished material begging to get made. Soon it became a split between finishing up some old and writing new jams.
EDGE: How are things in the Fire in the Field camp? What does 2018 have in store?
Moore: We’re psyched to be moving around playing gigs in parts of the Northeast we’ve never been. Portland, Maine and NYC have been especially good to us. Music video sometime soonish for “Tomahawk” in which I wield an actual tomahawk. I’ve been tossing around the idea of recording a live album since we’ve been playing so many shows.
EDGE: I’m going to jump around a bit and ask some random questions. First track is “Tomahawk.” It’s an aggressive wave of aural onslaught right out of the gate. Given the name, and the fact that I’m a life-long Celtics fan, I feel like you’re channeling the great Robert Parish and dunking right on the masses, Tomahawk-style. I’m sure this wasn’t a conscious part of the effort, but was it?
Moore: You know John, Jeff, and I never discussed who would be Parish, Bird, and McHale in a hypothetical “Big Three” scenario, but we are a power trio.
EDGE: What all inspires your songwriting? Do you start with a lyric or a riff? Are your neighbors cool?
Moore: The easiest way is to write a riff and get a mood, catch a vibe and pen some words to it. I write a lot of poetry though and “Duke of the Valley” and “Peasant Once Passed” were lyrics first, music came separate, and then I tailored the words to fit the music. We’ll have a jam in rehearsal and then I listen to the recording, go through some poetry and slice and dice.
The neighbors aren’t cool; they’re scared, I think. No one is going to go pound on a basement door when they hear an evil riff rattling the walls and someone shouting, “Now, it’s war!” I wouldn’t anyway.
EDGE: This record is very “Sword-ish” in sonic scope. Loud, long tune with anthemic, otherworldly qualities. You a fan of the Sword? What’s your current playlist look like (in general)?
Moore: Absolutely love The Sword.
I usually listen to albums and mostly when I’m driving. Right now in a pile (yes, a CD pile) on my passenger seat sits an Alan Lomax Anthology Collection, obscure Prince records from the ’90s, Cypress Hill, Doyle Bramhall II, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples’ new record, Reverend Gary Davis, etc.
EDGE: You’re heading back up north to the home turf for a show at the Stone Church in Newmarket. What excites you about the gig? When’s the last time you played in these parts?
Moore: It has been too long since we played New Hampshre. Two years maybe? Gigs at the Stone Church feel like a pilgrimage to the source. I grew up down the road in East Kingston; saw my first legit shows there at 18.
EDGE: What can folks expect when they come out to see you play? Will you be sporting a headdress?
Moore: Expect an energy and performance you can’t get anywhere else. I will not be sporting a headdress.
EDGE: How many guitar strings were harmed in the making of “War Bonnet”?
Moore: Guitar string survival rate was actually reasonable, eardrums on the other hand ...